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Royal Niger, Viper ink subsea electrical integrity management agreement

*Joint industry project (JIP) on the integrity management of subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline systems. Illustration – Wood Plc.

OpeOluwani Akintayo

06 December 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd and their technology partners – Viper Innovations Ltd recently presented their breakthrough collaboration for the Nigerian market which has the potential to reduce maintenance costs for subsea electrical equipment maintenance and electrical integrity in the Upstream industry.

At the event, Viper Innovations expressed excitement at the opportunities presented by their distributor agreement with Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd and were grateful to all who attended the recent launch event in Lagos and helped to make the evening a success.

Neil Douglas, Managing Director of Viper Innovations said “We see Nigeria as one of the growing areas and there are lots of business opportunities if you can provide leading-edge technology coupled with local content. As part of our collaboration objectives, we will be training Royal Niger Personnel to provide the in-country support for our services and installation of our hardware. This will help Royal Niger build on their current capabilities and capacity. We are all looking forward to the future with not only Viper and Royal Niger benefiting from the collaboration but also our clients will benefit from award-winning technologies to extend field life and reduce operational costs.”

The event was attended by representatives from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, industry majors, and their deepwater operations teams.

The question and answer session following the technical presentations offered a robust exchange of ideas, and at the end, participants were convinced the technologies presented would be great tools for achieving long-term integrity management of subsea electrical systems and controls.

“Royal Niger would like to thank the industry for its continued support for Nigerian Content inclusion within the Subsea Umbilicals scope and would appreciate the same support as we continue to deepen in-country capacity through the relationship with Viper Innovations”, said Olu Adewunmi, Chairman, Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd.

Also speaking about the partnership, Ivan Paoli, Executive Director, Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Ltd, said the company was excited about the deal.

“The relationship between Viper Innovations and Royal Niger is one we are excited by and trust that with the Royal Niger track record of local content implementation, we can assist in developing local capacity so Royal Niger Technicians can carry out integrity checks and repairs using Viper equipment”.

Royal Niger Emerging Technologies is an indigenous supplier of umbilicals and controls equipment to the Nigerian upstream industry. The company’s continued strides in domiciling umbilical technologies have been a result of the focused leadership of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB which sees umbilicals and controls technologies as key development areas for the industry.

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